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(IANS) Popular as Bollywood’s heartthrob, actor Ranbir Kapoor says love is a magical addiction and beyond one’s control. The 34-year-old has melted many hearts with his effortless portrayal of a romantic boy in films like “Saawariya”, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, “Barfi!”, and will next be seen in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. “Love is a magical addiction and a feeling beyond your control!” Ranbir said in a statement. Ranbir will be seen talking about his idea of ‘love’ in an exclusive promo shot for the second season of “Addicted to Love” on Romedy Now. Talking about the promo, Ranbir said: “The classics, all time romantic Hollywood movies lined up for the ‘Addicted to Love S2’ on Romedy Now will help you relive the indefinable feeling through these love stories!” The “Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani” star is hoping that the audience will like his next “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, which also features Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan. “My latest release, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, is one such love saga that I hope the viewers will enjoy! Being a romantic myself, I could not have got a better platform than this to talk about my upcoming release,” he added. // ]]>
(IANS) Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee’s outrage upon facing a “racist attack” on a nationally televised comedy show has led several celebrities in Bollywood to condemn the idea of humour surrounding skin colour –a prejudice deeply rooted in the society. Clearly, Tannishtha was not amused with the ‘roast’ that she went for on “Comedy Nights Bachao”, and she wrote a Facebook post to vent her anger after experiencing that the only thing the hosts could ‘roast’ about a dark-skinned actress was “of course her dark skin”. Her post went viral on social media, leading to a debate on the limit to humour. Upset about Tannishtha’s experience, filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit called the show “sexist”. “Why comment on Tannishtha’s skin colour? Never heard ‘roast’ masters commenting on skin colour of male superstars! Sexist. Roast Vs Racism,” Pandit tweeted on Wednesday, adding that he doesn’t find vulgarity funny. “Today I’m vindicated that India feels offended when a woman is humiliated in the name of roast and humour. Vulgarity isn’t funny! Roast Vs Racism,” added Pandit, who is also a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). He recounted the All India Bakchod (AIB) Knockout Roast of January 2015 which involved leading Bollywood celebrities and was widely slammed for its offensive and explicit content. “That was the beginning of offensive humour, now deal with it,” he said and added: “Anyone who had supported AIB would be fine with racist comments on a woman. I’m sure the actresses laughing at the roast don’t find this racist.” Actress Pooja Bedi joined in the debate, saying her skin colour is her pride. “If someone took off about my skin colour, I’d say I love my colour and I put sun-tan (not sunblock) and lie in the sun! Pride for me, prejudice for you. All extremes are brunt of jokes. Tall/short dark/fair virgin/prostitute. Remember Bachchan song ‘Jiski biwi gori/lambi’ etc? Roast Vs Racism,” Pooja tweeted. Actress Lisa Ray said: “Even considering that dark skin is a joke comes from very deep prejudice.” Swara Bhaskar, who is known for being vocal about her views on social issues in the country, hailed Tannishtha’s bravado in speaking up about the issue. “Good on you Tanishtha Chatterjee! Big love, big hug and high five! You go girl,” Swara tweeted. Even her “Angry Indian Goddesses” co-star Sandhya Mridul said: “She’s a tiger! Go get them all Tan.” Tannishtha was a guest on “Comedy Nights Bachao” to promote her latest film “Parched” with director Leena Yadav and co-actor Radhika Apte. Tannishtha is said to have stormed out of the sets mid-shoot due to the “blatantly racist attack”, wherein she was asked ‘Aap ko jamun bahut pasand hoga zaroor…?'” After her post went viral, Colors issued an apology to her for “any hurt that was unwittingly caused”.// ]]>
(IANS) Pakistan’s theatre owners have decided to withdraw and ban screening of Indian movies until bilateral tensions between the two countries subside. However, the Pakistani government has not yet issued an official directive in this regard. The decision emerged on Thursday after the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) announced that it was imposing a ban on all Pakistani artistes working in India, reported The Express Tribune. “We will suspend the exhibition of Indian films till normalcy. No Indian movies will play in my cinemas from Friday onwards for sure,” said Nadeem Mandviwalla, owner of Mandviwalla Entertainment which runs Atrium Cinemas in Karachi and Centaurus in Islamabad. In the past week, Bollywood films “Pink” and “Banjo” had released. And while this week “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” could have released, its distributor IMGC Global Entertainment withheld it as it was felt that the movie could have anti-Pakistan elements in its narrative about cricket, the company’s head Amjad Rasheed told IANS over phone from Dubai. Super Cinema owner Khorem Gultasab said he has already stopped screening any Indian films at his facilities. “We didn’t wait for an official declaration by exhibitors. From Friday onwards, no Bollywood film will be screened at Super Cinemas for at least two weeks to show solidarity with our actors and our military,” Gultasab said. Cinepax — Pakistan’s largest network of cinemas — had not yet banned any Indian movies, a senior official of the cinema chain said it would follow suit if film exhibitors take a mutual decision in this regard. “I have not heard anything confirmed as yet, but if exhibitors do ban Indian films, then of course we will go ahead with it,” said Cinepax General Manager Marketing Mohsin Yaseen. The ban is so far an initiative taken by cinema owners and not the government, clarified Mandviwalla, who added that “it is taking us some time to bring everyone on the same page”. “We were taking things lightly initially, since the so-called ban (on Pakistani artistes in India) was just a few mischief-mongers hurling anti-Pakistan slogans,” he said. “But things have gotten serious after the official (IMPPA) declaration,” added Mandviwalla. He said an official announcement of the ban on Indian films will be made soon. Meanwhile, Gultasab said he is also urging other exhibitors to ban Indian films so that the industry stands united. “A ban won’t be effective if confined to just cinemas. Going to a cinema is a choice, but television channels air content from India all the time,” he said. “We must completely black out Indian content. Remove it from TV channels and from DVD shops. Otherwise, there’s no point.” The cinema owner added that this ban should continue until the Indian government offers Pakistani films a level playing field and Pakistani artistes complete protection. Renowned Pakistani filmmaker Jami agreed with Gultasab, saying: “There are Indian drama serials playing on TV all the time and you have DVD shops selling Indian films. Why just target cinema? If you want a ban, just ban all Indian content.” On Thursday, Indian film producers passed a resolution banning anyone from Pakistan from working in films being made in India. The move was announced by IMPPA President T.P. Aggarwal. // ]]>
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